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The Gladstone High School standout scholar/athlete plans a major in renewable energy engineering

Gladstone High School senior Trask Telesmanich has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Oregon Institute of Technology.

Telesmanich, who excels in the classroom as well as on the athletic field, will have a good deal of his college education paid for.

Athletics will likely gain the Gladstone High School standout scholar/athlete at least $2,000 a year. OIT’s athletic scholarship fund will provide $1,000 the first year and, depending upon how Telesmanich does in baseball, the scholarship will be renewable for at least $1,000 a year until he graduates, he says.

JOHN DENNY - Trask Telesmanich has excelled in academics as well as athletics at Gladstone High School. A 3.93 student at Gladstone, he plans a renewable energy engineering major at Oregon Institute of Technology, where he has signed on to pitch for the Owls baseball team.Telesmanich was honored recently by the Portland Baseball Umpires Association as recipient of their Westover/Lehr Memorial Scholarship. The association awards one athlete from the greater Portland Metropolitan area with this scholarship each year for exemplary character, sportsmanship and ability displayed on the baseball field. The scholarship is for $1,000 a year until Telesmanich graduates.

A 3.93 student at Gladstone, Telesmanich has gained a number of additional scholarships for his diligence in the classroom.

“My mom has always pushed me,” Telesmanich says. “She feels that education is the most powerful gift someone can have.”

Four academic scholarships will total $4,600 his freshman year and $3,600 a year thereafter: $2,100 a year in an Oregon Opportunities Grant, $1,000 a year through an engineering honors scholarship, $500 a year through a OIT Presidential Scholarship, and $1,000 his freshman year through an OIT Owls Technology Award.

Telesmanich plans a renewable energy engineering major.

“I’ve taken classes here at the high school and I’ve learned we have a problem with nonrenewable energy,” said Telesmanich. “It’s putting a carbon footprint up, and it’s going higher.”

Telesmanich says he received interest from baseball coaches at George Fox University, Chemeketa Community College and Clackamas Community College. But he says the decision to accept the offer from OIT was an easy one.

“The ultimate factor was the fact that Oregon Tech has such a good program in renewable energy engineering,” Telesmanich said.

Telesmanich has kept busy as a student/athlete at Gladstone High School. Besides playing long snapper and defensive lineman for Gladstone’s state championship football team, and playing third base and pitcher in baseball, he’s been vice-president of the school’s Key Club, a member of the National Honor Society, and secretary for Gladstone High School’s electric vehicle organization.

“We’re restoring a Chevy S-10 pickup and making it into an electric car,” Telesmanich said. “It’s been a five-year project. It’ll be completed in the next couple of years.”

JOHN LARIVIERE - Gladstone senior Trask Telesmanich has committed to playing baseball at Oregon Institute of Technology.And, in addition to baseball and football practices, Telesmanich has spent a good deal of his summers taking part in Gladstone High School’s strength and agility conditioning programs. And he umpires youth baseball games.

He played a pivotal part in the Gladiators’ success in baseball this spring, as the Gladiators went 15-0 in the Tri-Valley League, completing what is thought to be the first undefeated league season of baseball in school history.

“We look to go undefeated the remainder of the season,” Telesmanich said.

Through the league season, the Gladiators had a 7-1 record with Telesmanich on the mound. The talented right-hander had a 0.995 ERA, with 75 strikeouts and 14 walks in 63-1/3 innings pitched.

“He a competitor,” said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. “He competes on the mound. He’s just as tough in the seventh inning as he is at the beginning of a game....

“He’s got a cut fastball that he puts over the plate, a pretty effective change, and a breaking pitch he throws for strikes. He throws four pitches for strikes and, when he’s on, he’s pretty good.”

Telesmanich made believers of the coaches in the Tri-Valley Conference as they named him their 2015 TVC “Pitcher of the Year.”

“My dad got me a mitt when I was two and I never put it down,” said Telesmanich. “I always wanted to be a pitcher....

“I’m just really excited and blessed to have the opportunity to continue to play baseball in college. It’s always been a dream of mine.”

Telesmanich said of OIT baseball: “They’ve been successful in the past, but they’re coming off a not-so-great year. I’m looking forward to going in there my freshman year and maybe making difference. Coach Miles [OIT coach Matt Miles] said my first year I’ll be seeing a lot of time on the mound.”

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